Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy Tuck San Diego

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Did you know that there is a surgical procedure that can help you remove excess fat and skin and restore weakened or separated muscles around the abdomen at the same time?

Thanks to abdominoplasty, you can benefit from a superior procedure that is designed to flatten and smooth the abdomen.

What Is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. This procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen and create more youthful curves. To enhance the results, the scar from this procedure is hidden below the bikini line.

Although a tummy tuck may offer a number of benefits, it is crucial to note that it cannot substitute for diet and exercise. The results of a tummy tuck are permanent but may be affected by substantial weight gain or loss. Also, this procedure is not guaranteed to remove all of the stretch marks around the abdomen.

When it comes to abdominoplasty, you should always have your concerns and questions addressed before you schedule a procedure. And with Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa, you can receive excellent assistance from our abdominoplasty experts at any time. In fact, we provide immediate access to some of the best tummy tuck surgeons in San Diego, ensuring that you’ll receive high-quality support with your abdominoplasty.

Are You a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved. Additionally, C-Section scars and incisions can be improved with this technique.

Women who plan future pregnancies should wait to have an abdominoplasty, because vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.

What Does Abdominoplasty Involve?

An abdominoplasty typically takes two and a half hours. Dr. Gilbert Lee makes the incision low on the abdomen so it is hidden in the bikini line. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. Stretch marks of the lower abdomen can also be removed with this procedure.

The skin is separated from the abdominal wall all the way up to the ribs to reveal the vertical (rectus abdominis) muscles in your abdomen. These muscles are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline.

The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. The navel is brought out through a new incision in the abdominal skin. Finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressings will be applied, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.

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Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. Although you may go home after the procedure, Changes Plastic Surgery recommends staying overnight at the hospital for one night.

Although you may not be able to stand straight at first, it is important for healing that you begin walking as soon as possible. Surface stitches, as well as any drains will be removed in five to ten days. A support garment may replace the dressing on your incision.

How Can I Prepare for Abdominoplasty?

Ideally, you’ll want to find a qualified plastic surgeon who possesses the skills and experience to perform abdominoplasty. You’ll also want to meet with this surgeon to discuss your tummy tuck goals and ensure that he or she fulfills all of your abdominoplasty requests.

In addition, you’ll want to consider the different types of abdominoplasty that are available, including:

  • Complete Abdominoplasty – This procedure requires a plastic surgeon to cut your abdomen from hipbone to hipbone and then adjust the skin, tissue and muscle accordingly.
  • Mini Abdominoplasty – This procedure is valuable for those who want to remove excess fat deposits below the naval. It usually requires about two hours to complete.

What Is the Recovery Process After Abdominoplasty?

It may take you several weeks to feel like your old self again. If you start out in top physical condition with strong abdominal muscles, recovery from abdominoplasty will be much faster. Some people return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate.

At Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa, we strive to make the recovery process as quick and simple as possible. Therefore, we’ll outline the recovery process in advance and help you get the results you want from a tummy tuck safely and efficiently.

What Is Reverse Abdominoplasty?

When a patient presents with loose skin in the upper abdomen, a reverse abdominoplasty can be performed.   The procedure differs from a traditional abdominoplasty in that there is no muscle tightening, just the removal of excess skin to reduce the laxity above the belly button.  Reverse abdominoplasty is generally indicated for thin or athletic builds.  Read more.

A reverse abdominoplasty serves as a viable option for those who had a tummy tuck san diego performed in the past but did not fully resolve loose skin above the navel. It does not reverse the effects of a prior tummy tuck entirely; instead, this procedure allows a plastic surgeon to eliminate the skin above the belly button that continues to sag.

Why Should I Choose Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa for Abdominoplasty in San Diego?

Abdominoplasty is a life-changing plastic surgery, one that will help you tone and smooth your abdomen and restore a more pleasing body contour. Dr. Lee has been performing tummy tucks for over 20 years and takes great care that you receive your desired outcome.

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